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  • The Kootenai National Forest says evacuations are underway in Lincoln County where the South Yaak Fire has spread northward.In Broadwater County, the Sheriff's Department has issued a pre-evacuation warning west of White Sulphur Springs due to the Woods Creek Fire.
  • Sprinkler in a wheat field
    Megan Johnson
    Montana Public Radio
    Polson officials say residents are pitching in to conserve water. City Manager Ed Meece says water service was restored Monday night to all 60 homes that lost service Monday morning due to low supplies and high demand.
  • Researchers who study evidence of fires through the millennia say to expect more and bigger fires as the climate continues to warm. Fire season is already months longer than in the 1970s.
  • By just about every measure, wildfires are getting bigger, hotter, and more devastating than we’ve ever seen before. But what all that fire means — and what to do about it — depends on who you ask. Get a broader perspective and explore what wildfire means for the West, the planet and our way of life, on Fireline.
"For most people, Jan. 6 happened for a few hours," U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell said in the select committee hearing. "But for those of us who were in the thick of it, it has not ended."
This episode features Dr. Philip Higuera, professor of Fire Ecology, and Kyra Wolf, Ph.D. candidate in Systems Ecology both at the University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Phil and Kyra and their colleague Bryan Shuman recently published some alarming findings on what we’re experiencing right now with wildfire. The title speaks for itself: “Rocky Mountain sub-alpine forests now burning more than any time in recent millennia.” That should get our attention.
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Air quality reports from the Montana DEQ